Benefits of Cancer Support Groups

Support groups basically aim at bringing together all individuals facing the same kind of concern in their lives; this could be an illness, an addiction, a life changing experience or relationship issues.

When someone is diagnosed with an illness such as cancer, it is not only about physical and medical support that provides relief but the emotional aspect also becomes very important. 

More often than not those diagnosed with cancer go through a phase of feeling isolated, fatigued, and concerned about the next steps they should take. So it sometimes just helps to be around. Talking to people, who are facing similar issues and in the same situation as them can provide a big morale boost.

According to Mayo clinic, cancer support groups have proved to be beneficial in the following ways:

Patient to patient interaction makes one feel less isolated, lonely and distressed about the illness. Talking about the disease helps them and reassures them to feel that they are not facing any of the turmoil or pain on their own.

Joining a support group and interacting with others in the same boat helps the patient gain more individual empowerment and get a sense of control over the situation. Helplessness is common despite help and support from medical teams and friends. However, support groups reinforce a feeling of confidence and inner strength to handle the situation.

Support groups have been known to drastically improve the coping skills of an ailing patient and giving them an increased sense of adjustment.

Sharing experiences and opening up honestly to others facing similar issues goes a long way in improving the mental and emotional health of the person.

Being diagnosed with cancer puts the individual in a state of distress, depression, and anxiety. Joining a support group lends support, encourage and give hope to the concerned person.

Talking with others about dealing with cancer sharing personal stories with those having similar experiences helps the person to gain a clear understanding on what to expect with the situation.

From the practical aspect, a lot of advice and current information is exchanged about other cost effective treatment options, doctors and resources.

Support groups are not only a source of strength but also a medium of sharing strength with others in the same situation. Advice and helpful tips on coping with chemotherapy and heavy medication all are ways of passing on hope and strength in this difficult period.

Apart from the patient needing cancer support, it is very common for the entire family to be going through a similar turmoil. Support groups can help the family cope with the stress and anxiety of having a family member being diagnosed with cancer. Attending these groups help the family to bring out the subject of cancer out in the open and discuss it freely to arrive at practical solutions

In recent days, support groups have also been formed to specifically cater to a certain group of people and their needs. For instance there are support groups which are set up for women of certain age groups to help them with their cancer experiences.